51 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
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Rouen
— 6 nights
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Bayeux
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Rouen
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Lille
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Dijon
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Lyon
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
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Montpellier
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Narbonne
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Toulouse
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Rocamadour
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
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Bordeaux
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La Rochelle
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Paris — 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, then wander the streets of Latin Quarter, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 77°F and lows are around 57°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel to Rouen.
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Rouen — 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Step off the beaten path and head to Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Musee national de l'Education. Musee Maison Pierre Corneille and Le Bucher de Jeanne d'Arc are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Roumare Forest, see the interesting displays at Musee des Antiquites, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins d'Angelique, and don't miss a visit to Rue Saint-Romain.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rouen day trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Rouen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. On the 1st (Fri), you're off to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux as well as Boutique Coquelicot. On the 1st (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and then stop by Boutique Coquelicot.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bayeux are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. You'll set off for Rouen on the 3rd (Sun).
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Rouen — 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rue du Gros-Horloge and Eglise Saint Maclou. Visiting Le Fleuve La Veules and Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Parc de Cleres (in Cleres), Abbaye de Jumieges (in Jumieges) and Cimetiere Marin (in Varengeville-sur-Mer). See some other sides of Rouen: get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, contemplate the long history of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Bayeux to Rouen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lille.
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Lille — 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Head to Vieux-Lille and La Grande Braderie de Lillefor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille and Musee d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Le Musee de Plein Air, witness the site of a historic battle at Fromelles and Flanders Battlefield Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Saint Maurice, and get to know the fascinating history of Place aux Oignons.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lille trip planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Lille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Dijon.
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Dijon — 3 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): walk along Owl's Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Michel de Dijon, then take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Art Sacre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at The Market, learn from the experts at Aqua-City, and then get a new perspective on nature at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dijon online route maker.

You can take a train from Lille to Dijon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Dijon sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville de Lyon, then see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and then make a trip to La Place Bellecour.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lyon day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Dijon to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 2 nights

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): examine the collection at Verasoie Musee Magnanerie, then take in breathtaking views at Gorges de l'Ardeche, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Aven Grotte Forestiere. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Nougaterie du Pont d'Arc, add some adventure to your tour with Alain Bateaux, and then Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vallon-Pont-d'Arc online visit planner.

Getting from Lyon to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Montpellier.
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Montpellier — 2 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Flaugergues, then stroll through Plage du Grand Travers, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Le Pavillon Populaire, examine the collection at Site archeologique Lattara - Musee Henri Prades, and then wander the streets of Place de la Comedie.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Montpellier holiday website.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Montpellier in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In September in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Narbonne.
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Narbonne — 2 nights

Crossroads of the South

The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Paul, then see the interesting displays at Musee Archeologique, and then admire the landmark architecture of Donjon Gilles Aycelin. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Le Trouve Tout Du Livre, discover the deep blue sea with Nico Plongee, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Narbonne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Narbonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Narbonne, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the striking features of Palais de la Berbie, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, then admire the natural beauty at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, and finally examine the collection at Musee Georges Labit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Etienne, then get a taste of the local shopping with Hotel d'Assezat, and finally admire the masterpieces at Fondation Bemberg.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Toulouse online attractions planner.

You can drive from Narbonne to Toulouse in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Toulouse are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rocamadour.
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Rocamadour — 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
On the 25th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Rocamadour, and then identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Musee La Maison des Abeilles, then explore the fascinating underground world of Les Grottes de Presque, and then get a dose of the wild on Patrick Lakatos Guide de Riviere.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rocamadour trip planner.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Rocamadour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Toulouse in September, Rocamadour is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Castelnaud and Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe. Escape the urban bustle at Grottes de Cougnac and Abri de Cap Blanc. Go for a jaunt from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Salviac to see Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, don't miss a visit to Les Cabanes du Breuil, enjoy breathtaking views from Ascenceur Panoramique, and examine the collection at Manoir de Gisson.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee d'Aquitaine and Musee du Vin et du Negoce. Get a sense of the local culture at Les Bassins de Lumieres and Place de la Bourse. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Notre-Dame, walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), and hunt for treasures at Marche des Capucins.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in October since evenings lows in Bordeaux dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle — 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Syndicat d'Initiative de Trizay / Abbaye de Trizay and Marche du Centre Ville. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Towers of La Rochelle and Croisieres Fourasines. Go for a jaunt from La Rochelle to Rochefort to see Musee De l' ancienne ecole De Medecine Navale about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Museum d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue Sur-les-Murs, and take a tour by water with La Rochelle Croisiere Haka.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle journey maker.

Getting from Bordeaux to La Rochelle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tours.
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Tours — 3 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee des Blindes and Bijoux Ultreia. Head to Rue Nationale and Musee d'Art Urbain - Street Art Parcfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Place Plumereau, examine the collection at Musee du Compagnonnage, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts Tours, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville de Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tours holiday planning website.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Tours in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from La Rochelle in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in Tours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris — 2 nights

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): learn about all things military at The Army Museum, examine the collection at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, and then stop by Ile Saint-Louis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): take a stroll through Le Marais, then take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, and then explore the wide array of goods at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Paris road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Tours to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for home.
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France travel guide

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France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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